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for the second term at a gathering of house democrats. then cia director nominee john brennan testifies at his confirmation hearing. >> the church is boston's most visited historical site. 500,000 people, every year. not because of our pews or are incredible organ. they come here because of the even set happen -- even's that happen. what most people do not realize is what did happen in 1775 is still a genuine historical mystery. we have very few records about what actually occurred on the night that paul revere's plan was carried out in this very church. we know that there was a plan, set up ahead of time with members of the charlestown militia across the way. he set it up on sunday. but what we do not know is who helped mr. revere to carry out that plan. >> the mystery of boston's old north church plant hangers. sunday at 7:00 pm eastern and pacific on c-span three. >> having observed a steady improvement in the opportunities and well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this old but youthful union is good. >> once again, in keeping with time-honored tradition i have c
for john brennan, president obama's nominee to heat cia, it was held in the intelligence committee in the senate, right? well, specifically it's called the u.s. senate select committee on intelligence. this committee was not created until 1976. it was created specifically in response to the recommendations of the church committee. the church committee was a special senate investigation led by idaho senator frank church. it was formed in 1975. their work took nine months and 150 staffers. they produced a two-foot-thick report in may 1976 that said, among other things, that we need congress to oversee intelligence in this country. the way we are overseeing it now is not working. and you know why we can tell that oversight is not working? because the cia keeps killing people. or trying to kill people in other countries that we are not at war with. the cia at the time had taken it upon itself, it wasn't clear if they were acting alone or at various presidents' direction, but they had taken on the job of assassinations in foreign countries. assassinations and attempted assassinations. a
the globe. to confront these challenges, and to lead the cia through a difficult budget tear period after a decade of major budget increases, president obama nominated john brennan. his closest adviser on intelligence and counterterrorism matters for the past four years. mr. brennan is without a doubt qualified for this position. he served at the cia for 25 years. in analytical, managerial capacities. seen the agency from just about every angle. as a line analyst. as chief of station. as chief of staff to the director. and as the deputy executive director among many others. people who have worked closely with him regularly cite his work ethic. his sbintegrity and determinati. in nominating john brennan, president obama spoke of his, quote, commitment to the values that define us as americans. dni clapper in a letter of support noted his impeccable integrity and his commitment to country is second to none. so with unanimous consent, i would like to insert in to the record letters the committee has received in regard to mr. brennan's nomination. john brennan by all accounts will be a strong
intelligence to recommend who the cia director should be to the president of the united states. i am aware of general clapper, the dni's letter, endorsing your nomination, which is different from his actually recommending to the president that you be chosen. to your knowledge, did general clapper recommend to the president that he be nominated for this position? >> i know for certain that he made a recommendation, but i would defer to general clapper to tell you what that recommendation is. >> thank you. cent >> senator heinrich? >> thank you for your service to this country and welcome you to the committee. and should you be confirmed, i would like to start by just inviting you to visit to mexico at some point and in particular sandia and los alamos national labs, because while you often do not hear about the contributions they make to our intelligence community, i can assure you that that support is vital to keeping our nation safe. i have a few questions, and forgive me if some of these return to some of the think you have heard from other senators. i want to start with your november 20
of the cia. john brennan, the architect of the obama administration's drone program, strongly defended their use, saying strikes only take place to prevent terror threats, not as punishment for them. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> democratic senator ron wyden who has demanded more insight into the administration's legal justification for drone strikes against americans pressed brennan on the issue. >> do you believe that the president should provide an individual american with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states and has killed thousands upon thousands of individuals, many, many of them who were americans. so i think any american who did
the confirmation for the man who the president wants to be the director of the cia. >>> and we're finally learning why the united states military didn't come to the rescue in gauze gl benghazi, libya. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with a desperate manhunt in southern california under way right now. police have linked a fired officer to a series of what they call atrocious crimes. christopher jordan dorner is suspected of killing three people and wounding two others. he's still at large and police say he has access to multiple weapons and assault rifles. cnn's kyung lah is joining us from los angeles where the police chief is calling it extremely worry some and scare ree. what's the latest kyung? >> reporter: certainly scary for anyone connected to the police department in southern california. this is where today's shooting spree began but all of this, wolf, began earlier this week. the murder spree began on sunday with the double killing of a newly engaged couple, monica quan and keith lawrence, quan, the daughter of a retired lapd captain, the officer who represented
there is no correlation there as far as any type of termination of the cia's detention interrogation program and that increase in strikes. now, i will say that if you look out over the last four years what happened in a number of places such as yemen and other areas where there was, in fact, a growth of al qaeda, quite unfortunately, and so what we were trying to do in this administration is to take every measure possible to protect the lives of american citizens whether it be abroad or in the united states. as well as a maturation of capabilities and inside into those intelligence plots as a result of the investment that was made in the previous administration that allowed us in this administration to take appropriate actions. >> well, let's talk further about the targeted killings. when the targeted killings began several years ago, the first order of effect was the elimination of the senior operational leadership of al qaeda, of many of the leaders, many of the core leaders. obviously, that is a critical priority. we have heard both former cia director michael hayden in an interview on cn
about the program. brennan is also expected to face tough questions about his time as a c.i.a. executive during the bush administration and what he knew about enhances interrogation techniques. >> he's going to face questions from democrats about his prior role in detention and rendition policies. >> reporter: brennan has said he was aware of the program, but did not play a role in its creation, execution or oversight. today's hearing could decide whether or not brennan becomes the next c.i.a. director. danielle nottingham, cbs news, capitol hill. >>> there were less than 50 drone strikes during the bush administration. under president obama, the have reportedly been more than 360. >>> the vote on chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense has been postponed. the senate armed services committee put it off after republicans demanded more information on speeches hagel made. plus, who paid him for the speeches. there's also been this concern over hagel's performance during the question and answer sessions at his confirmation hearing. >>> closed hearings resume today in the chandra
of the cia with the expansion of the drone program. you ran it in some form, operational aspect of it at the cia. do you run actually less, are you in charge of less of the drone defenpartment at the defe department? >> we're the ones who supply the cia. >> who makes the call? >> it depends on the operation. the best thing i've seen in four years is we really have a very good military intelligence partnership now with regards to going after al qaeda, and there are operations that we've developed in which we developed the targets and then we make the decision who is best able to go after the targets and it's a very synchronized good operation that gives us the best of military information and intelligence. >> the drone wes don't have a big debate in the united states, the new cover of "time" magazine, but retired general mccrystal, here's what he said about drones during this book tour. "what scares me about drone strikes is how they are perceived around the world, the resentment created by american use of unmanned strikes, is much greater than the average american appreciates. t
for new choice of cia director, john brennan. john brennan was once the deputy cia director. he is now president obama's counterterrorism director at the white house. but if he is to run the cia for president obama, john brennan is first going to have to face questions on thursday about some of what michael isikoff turned up here on this program last night. a justice department white paper elaborating the administration's reasoning for why it thinks it is legal to kill american citizens on the president's say so. or actually, on the say so of an informed high level official of the u.s. government. so maybe that's the president, but maybe that's somebody else. michael isikoff's scoop ended up at "the new york times" today and "the washington post" and "the hill" and slate and salon and ap to name a few. it was everywhere. and then at a press conference today, the attorney general was asked about it. >> last night nbc reported a white paper that was prepared by the justice department undated, unsigned about the legal -- the legal pinnacles for targeting americans overseas. could you plea
hearing for john brennan, the president's nominee, a good man, to be the next director of the cia. and brennan is known at the whitehouse, among other things, former deputy at cia, for being the architect of america's drone policy. he is the one who decides when drones are used and who they are targeted and what american citizens might be targeted. this is bound to come up. several senators have already told me they are going to craze this question with john brennan and publicly said so. and just at the time they are preparing for this hearing this white paper, this was written by department of justice, for members of congress and sent to them last summer but for some reason, it never -- nobody ever leaked it until this week. we still don't know who leaked it. but this paper is pretty chilling. the paper is an unclassified document. so there is no breach of national security here and it's a department of justice explaining why they think the use of drones to kill american citizens on foreign soil is just justified justified. and they say it is -- it'
wednesday night. iran claims it's video extracted from the cia sentinel drone captured in 2011. the footage shows an airport in a surrounding city said to be kandahar in afghanistan. it also shows the drone allegedly landing at a base in eastern iran. now iran claimed it took control of the drone and landed it, but u.s. officials say the drone malfunctioned, and it was forced it land. that is the latest from the newscast. back to you. >> all right. thanks. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser now, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> today is defense secretary leon panetta's turn to answer questions about september's deadly attack in b
for cia director nominee john brennan, an explosive day of testimony marked with protests and contentious questioning, a story that will no doubt dominate the headlines for days to come. "hardball" picks things up right now. >>> defending the drones. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm michael smerconiummer komer chris matthews. secrets and spies. the man who is at the center of the national debate over the targeted killing of americans overseas has been in the hot seat on capitol hill. among other things john brennan coordinates the kill list and so his confirmation hearing to become head of the cia is drawing an unusual amount of interest and attention. we'll get to what he said and the reaction at the top of the show. >>> also, more and more people on the right are asking, who is karl rove and why should we listen to him anymore? rove wants electable republicans nominated. the tea partiers want their people in. real right wingers and they're trashing rove and establishment republicans in the process. >>> plus, you've probably heard that chuck hagel once said the following,
could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia, john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser is under scrutiny for using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia or worked in the cia under president h.w. bush. >>> and we're learning more information about the winning powerball ticket worth $217 million. the ticket was sold at the richmond national airport. at the lottery self-serve. 5, 27, 36, 38, 41, and the powerball number 12. if you have friends or family who bought a ticket at the richmond airport, you may want to give them a call to check their ticket. and after you call them, why don't you call us, so we can share. we can all share. >> at least we can share your good news. and tom has news that's not so bad for us because it sounds like we might miss some of the real bad stuff, huh
. of course, the president's nominee to head the c.i.a. i said on what issue? he said on drones, of course. on drones. this is -- this guy is the architect of our whole drone policy. i told him. this is something that i've talked about on the show. i'm very concerned about the use of these drones. i'm torn about it but very concerned about it. and i said to him you know, i think this is an issue that's going to blow up in our face. he said you bet. we haven't seen a copy of it yet. he told me he was releasing a letter yesterday signed by -- i think he said 16 senators, republicans and democrats to the president saying we need the information on exactly what we're doing with these drones. what the policies are. what the guidelines are and who decides. now, this story has broken. all these questions about drones and now the justice department has just released a memo. it is a confidential memo, a copy of it has been obtained, story again just breaking this morning, a story -- the memo, copy of it has been obtained by nbc news, 16 pages. let me just give you the bottom line. from -- this is f
defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator levin doesn't like partisan food fights. and so an aide said that they would not be surprised if levin do
the kill list, and so his confirmation hearing to become head of the cia is drawing an unusual amount of interest and attention. we'll get to what he said and the reaction at the top of the show. >>> also, more and more people on the right are asking, who is karl rove and why should we listen to him anymore? rove wants electable republicans nominated. the tea partiers want their people in, real right wingers, and they're trashing rove and establishment republicans in the process. >>> plus, you've probably heard that chuck hagel once said the following, quote, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i'm not an israeli senator. i'm a united states senator. but what you probably haven't heard is the rest of that interview and why some people who know what hagel really said aren't angry with him at all. >>> and why is chris christie talking so much about his weight? maybe because he wants to talk about it on his terms, and why might that be? because perhaps he's running for president. >>> finally, the recently fired dick morris admits he was wrong at the top of his lungs las
to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> members of the senate intelligence committee will soon learn more about the obama administration's drone program. the white house says the justice department sent classified advice about the program to the senate and house intelligence committees. the documents reportedly state that it is legal for the government to kill u.s. citizens overseas if it believes they're high-ranking terrorists who are trying to kill americans. >>> and a drastic call by the pentagon this morning ahead of what could be huge budget cuts next month. the navy will reduce the number of
to their case. >>> sparks could fly on capitol hill today when president obama's choice to head the cia answers questions at his confirmation hearing. democrats and republicans on the senate intelligence committee will likely grill john brennan. brennan, the chief counterterrorism adviser now, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> and leon panetta will testify before congress today perhaps for the final time as defense secretary. he and the chairman of the joint chiefs will answer questions about september's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they'll fill in the armed services committee on the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack. four americans were killed including ambassador chris stevens. >>> today house democrats are expected to offer their own gun control proposals. people familiar wit
. this as the president's pick for the cia director heads to capitol hill to defend his record as mastermind of the drone program. plus, republicans pick their guy to respond to the president's state of the union address. we'll explain what it means for the party moving forward. >>> a little later, a big snowstorm expected to dump up to two feet of snow in parts of new england. we'll show you who will be the hardest hit straight ahead. first, let's get to the news live here at 5:30 a.m. eastern time at 30 rock in new york city. we begin with new developments involving the nation's highly secretive drone campaign. members of congress demanding more details into how the administration justifies the targeted killing of american citizens. the white house says president obama has directed the department of justice to brief members of the intelligence committees. the move comes after five groups of 11 senators led by ron widen of oregon demanded insight into the government's legal rational for drone strikes against americans abroad. senator widen took his frustrations to twitter writing, every american has the
, probably both of you know, former director of the cia was talking about incoming secretary of state john kerry, incoming if he is confirmed secretary of defense chuck hagel and here is what he had to say about the new team. >> i think the new team thinks more like the president thinks when it comes to foreign policy. this is going to be a team that might not push back as much with regard to cuts or withdrawals or smaller footprints or reluctance to go with big footprints into new areas. >> i want you to tell me what your reaction is to that. do you see a new team coming in with a different attitude toward the president's policies? >> no, i really don't. i mean, after all, the president is the person who makes policy with regards to foreign affairs and defense policy. >> sure. but this was about pushback. the suggestion is you all do push back and this team might not. >> well you know, i've got to tell you, anybody who knows john kerry and anybody who knows chuck hagel, i've been with them in meetings and i've been with them in conferences, and i've been with them on issue debates, they p
roberts. tolling our agenda today, game of drones. develops right now, nominee for cia director john brennan going on the hot seat in a matter of hours as the white house makes an about face on its controversial drone program and the targeting of americans overseas. the obama administration now breaking years of secrecy and handing over a confidential 16-page memo that justifies the targeting killing of u.s. citizens abroad suspected of being terrorists. this decision to release the document came hours before brennan was to face a serious grilling by lawmakers outraged over the program. the biggest critic, democratic senator ron wyden who says the president has been stonewalling congress for years and suggested blocking brennan's nomination. president obama called wyden specifically last night. >> clearly, the president's call to senator wyden so unusual and trying to ward off what could be a calamitous hearing today. >> what standard will barack obama be held to after the pictures of the little children who were killed by his cone drone attacks are placed before the jury in the hagu
the cia, made a bunch of blunders of this kind. >> here is what is ahead for the next defense secretary, a huge cuts in the budget, sequestration, afghanistan, the bombings in syria, egypt in chaos, al qaeda all over the place, china with the military might, north korea talking about another test, targeting the united states. why didn't they get into that stuff? >> it was up to the members to do it but they did not get into it. it was not the objective. the objective from one side was to make sure the president's nominee gets through. the other side was to do everything they could to damage him. it was not a good display of congressional oversight. >> this is a guy who said -- he voted against designating the revolutionary guards in iran as a terror organization. badgering to ask the guy to explain that? he had no answer. >> when i heard him talk about it, speaking to the senator from virginia, jim webb, he took that argument and persuaded him. >> the same that dick lugar did, and john kerry, joe biden to last a blunt about this. barack obama had taken that position. the reality was, it
of the drone program prepares for his confirmation hearing to the top spot at the c.i.a. catherine herridge tells us some lawmakers are demanding answers. >> the white house press secretary was peppered with questions about the president's authority to target u.s. citizens. >> these strikes are legal, ethical and wise. >> this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial. >> i would point you to the ample judicial precedent. >> this letter signed by eight democrats and three republicans urges mr. obama to produce the memos th authorizes use the drones to congress and republicans can decide whether it's subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. susan colins says fundamental principals are at stake. >> the obama administration released all these opinions from the office of legal council about the bush administration's treatment of detainees. so why the different stad. >> first reported by nbc news, a leaked draft memo argues americans such as anwar al awlaki, the first american targeted for death, you are lawful because of their leadership within al-q
effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with the at the director of cia and continued to work with in this capacity. i found him to be responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations again al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is -- as somebody said, a straight shooter. somebody who, you know, gives you his best opinion, he doesn't play games. he is somebody who i think, you know, can honestly represent the best protection in this country in that job. >> thank you very much. i want to thank you for your forthright comments today about the sequester. ironically, as i take some notes what you said and in the statement. it appears as of today the greatest threat to american national security is the united states congress. thank you, mr. secretary. thank you, senator. senator nelson. after senator nelson, the first round will be over. there may be a number of us that want a few minutes on the second round. you have been here for about three hours and you may need a fife or ten minute break. do you want that immediately foll
for cia director nominee, john brennan, currently the counter-terrorism chief. >> good morning, everybody. we welcome secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey to testify about the department of defense's response to the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya on september 11 and all of last year. the findings of its review following that attack, including lessons learned. i want to remind colleagues that we will receive testimony next tuesday morning the doved d.o.d. released a time -- the department of defense released a timeline of september 11 and 12 in ben ghazi including the deployment. a copy of this timeline is in front of us. i think we will each have it and it will be included in the record. according to the timeline, the temporary mission filt, the department of defense's first action was to re-- facility, the department of defense's first reaction was to react on a mission of libya to provide better awareness of the events of the events in benghazi. there were a series of mee
playing you as cia director. i waon't ask you to comment on the acting, but the movie seems to indicate that enhanced interrogation techniques were used to get information on bin laden. is that true? >> well, first of all, it's a movie. let's remember that. i lived the real story. and the real story is that in order to put the puzzle of intelligence together, that led us to bin laden, there was a lot of intelligence. there were a lot of pieces out there that were part of that puzzle. yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used. but the fact is, we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that. >> and you think you could have gotten it without any -- >> i think we could have gotten bin laden without that. >> it's a big weekend. there's a big contest a lot of people are talking about. >> go 49ers. >> it's the contest that has to do with clinton or biden. 2016. >> oh. >> you've been close to both of them. secretary panetta, i've got to ask you, who's ready to be commander in chief tomorrow? >> i t
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